Four more persons have been arrested for their alleged participation in the plot to forcibly remove Haitian President Jovenel Moïse from office. The arrests were carried out by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Homeland Security Investigations, on March 14, in the United States.
Antonio “Tony” Intriago, 59, a Venezuelan-American who owned CTU Security that hired the Colombians, is charged with conspiracy to kill or kidnap a person outside the U.S. among other charges. CTU company representative Arcangel Pretel Ortiz, 50, a Colombian-born resident of the U.S., faces the same charges.
Florida-based U.S. financier Walter Veintemilla, 54, of Weston, Fla., is accused of funding the operation. A fourth suspect, Frederick Joseph Bergmann Jr., 64, of Tampa, is accused of smuggling goods including 20 CTU-branded ballistic vests disguised as medical X-ray vests and school supplies.
Intriago was known among plotters as “The General” and Pretel as “Colonel Gabriel,” according to authorities.
These latest arrests bring to eleven the number of persons who are in US custody in relation to President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination.
The Haitian President was assassinated on July 7, 2021, at his residence in Port-au-Prince.